Estridge settling in at South Putnam

When the South Putnam boys basketball team hits the court later this year, they will do so with a new look as Josh Estridge was recently hired as the new coach.

Estridge inherits a team that went 11-11 last season under Kyle Swafford, and the 2006 graduate of Carmel High School is ready to hit the ground running after getting bitten by the coaching bug while attending IUPUI. 

"While in college, I coached football, basketball, baseball and softball at the middle school level. I also coached girl's travel basketball in the Indy Magic program that is run by Justin Blanding. Through those experiences, basketball became the sport that I have the most passion for coaching," Estridge told The Putnam County Post. 

Estridge cut his coaching teeth as a head basketball coach at Clay Middle School in Carmel in 2011 and after graduating from IUPUI in 2012, he began his teaching career at Plainfield High School, where he was a teacher and football and basketball coach. 

"I coached football at Plainfield Community Middle School for most of my 10 years. I was an assistant coach at the high school level my last couple of years. Over my 10 years as a part of the Plainfield basketball program, I was the freshman and junior varsity coach. Coaching for and with current head basketball coach Andy Weaver and former head football coach Brian Woodard really helped guide me and get me prepared for my upcoming challenge," Estridge said. 

He said there were a lot of things about the South Putnam job that made it a great fit for him. 

"I would say the number one thing is the community's love for sports. I love that I get to be a part of a community that values their teams and wants them to be successful. Next, I would I would say the administration made this an easy decision for me. I felt a real connection with the people that were a part of the interviewing process. They are a very supportive group of people and I really look forward to working with them. I feel that we have inherited a team that has a lot of potential. It is a team that returns a lot of experience. We have a lot of multi sport athletes who want to win and want to compete. We are a team that is athletic and physically strong. We also have some young talent that creates some depth for our program as a whole," Estridge said. 

When the season tips off, Estridge says fan can expect to see a team on the floor that will compete and a team that is going to play together and play the right way. 

"We will be disciplined and will care more about the name on the front of the jersey more so than the name on the back. We will be a team the community of South Putnam High School will be proud of and want to support," he said. 

As for offense, Estridge said the Eagles will control the tempo.

"We want to play fast and put pressure on the opposition. With that being said, we want to value each possession. We need to be a team that  can do multiple things on offense and play multiple speeds. Moving the basketball and taking great shots is going to be a common theme with our team," he said. 

And, on the defensive end, South Putnam looks to be a team that will be "tough and hard nosed."

"We want every shot the opposition takes to be contested and to be tough. A common key for our defense is to hold teams to one shot possessions. We will be physical, keep the ball out of the paint and be a team that wants to rebound. We want to be a team where our defense sets the tone for the game," Estridge said. 

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Indiana State Fair unveils full court press for 2023 BASKETBALL theme programming

The Indiana State Fair today announced 18 days full of basketball inspired entertainment plans in support of its 2023 theme of BASKETBALL, in partnership with Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

The 2023 theme was announced last winter on the basketball court at Governor Holcomb’s residence along with representatives for the Indiana State Fair, Pacers Sports & Entertainment and more. At that time it was also revealed that the theme will be activated through multiple interactive experiences and exhibits paying homage to Indiana’s rich basketball legacy.

Today, the Indiana State Fair proudly unveiled plans for custom experiences guests can expect when they arrive at the 166th Indiana State Fair, including: 

  • HOOPFEST Outdoor Amusement Park
    • Including full size regulation court with tournaments, kids camps, coaches chats, etc
  • Pacers Sports & Entertainment Immersive Exhibit
  • Land of Legends: Indiana’s Basketball Legacy, in partnership with Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Space Ham: An Augmented Reality Experience
  • 1951 Chevy, Gene Hackman's car from movie HOOSIERS on display
  • 18 Basketball Stories curated for 18 days of the Indiana State Fair
    • Celebrating the people, the places and the purpose of the Game!
  • The Evolution of the Game Exhibit
  • The 6th Man Exhibit: Agriculture & Basketball
  • Hoosier Hardwood Photo Project: A Journey to Indiana’s Historical High School Gyms
  • From Trees to Tip-Off Attraction: Indiana Hardwoods & the Game
  • Chuck Taylor and Indiana Basketball Exhibit with the Indiana Historical Society
  • Cultural art installations celebrations basketball 
    • Including sneaker & custom Backboard Art installation
  • and much more; see all basketball themed activations announced today HERE

“Indiana is truly the state that grew the game, and we are excited to celebrate our unmatched basketball history with Hoosiers this summer at our beloved State Fair,” said Rick Fuson, Pacers Sports & Entertainment Chief Executive Officer.

The Indiana State Fair is rooted in celebrating all things Indiana Agriculture, including the history of why the game of basketball grew here in Indiana. The game was affordable, and the playing season was based around the farmers’ planting and harvest season in the late 1800s. After each harvest, farm kids could play basketball, and then when the season ended in March, they could go back to the fields for planting.

Basketball also has a rich history at the Fairgrounds where the iconic Indiana Farmers Coliseum has played host to high school championships, the ABA Pacers, All-Star Games and more. Currently, the Indiana Farmers Coliseum is home of the Horizon League Basketball Championships and IUPUI Men’s Basketball.  

The Indiana State Fairgrounds first opened in 1892 – the same year basketball was introduced in Indiana – two great Hoosier traditions that have stood the test of time.  

To view all theme related Basketball experiences please visit:

IHSAA Executive Committee amends Four-Class Proposal, Tournament Success Factor adjusted

During its final meeting of the 2022-23 school year today, the IHSAA Executive Committee approved a rule that changes the way schools are classified in four-class sports.

The Executive Committee voted to amend the original rule proposal from the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) that would have changed how schools were classified in four-class sports by using fixed enrollment figures. Instead, by a 13-4-1 count, the Committee opted to maintain a percentage-based system and adjusted it to a 20-25-25-30 ratio.

Beginning with the next reclassification cycle, Class 4A will include the largest 20% of schools, Class 3A will be the next 25%, Class 2A the next 25% and Class A the smallest 30% of schools. Since 1997-98, the rule has required equally distributing schools (25%) among the four classes.

“The Board of Directors recognized the concerns brought to us by the IIAAA which were the enrollment gap in Class 4A and the smaller schools that were being moved up to a larger class without a significant enrollment change due to new member schools joining the Association,” said IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig. “This change also addresses a desire for schools to be in the same class in baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball but it also give us an opportunity to adjust those percentages in the future if necessary.”

The next two-year reclassification cycle begins with the 2024-25 school year with the certified enrollment figures reported to the Indiana Department of Education from the upcoming school year being used. Those will be released next winter. Additionally, classifying the four-class sports will be based on the entire membership total and not only those schools participating in a given sport effectively keeping sectional alignments similar across each sport.

The original proposal had been submitted by Neidig on behalf of the IIAAA but had been tabled by the Board of Directors for further study at its May 1 meeting and was brought back for action at today’s meeting.

Tournament Success Factor

Two proposals affecting the Tournament Success Factor (Rule 2-5) that had been tabled in May were also brought back for action.

A proposal from board member and Barr-Reeve Principal Jeff Doyle was approved after being amended. New language requires that a school’s performance and points accumulated in a two-year span will be looked at annually beginning in 2024-25. Currently, points accumulated in a specific two-year window determine whether a team moves up or stays up one or more classes.

Going forward, data from the previous two years will be reviewed and considered annually before making a determination.

A proposal from Yorktown Principal Stacey Brewer that called for schools that were playing in a higher class to drop down a class if they accumulated three points or less and those scoring four or more points to remain in that higher class, failed to receive support.

3v3 basketball tournament planned for July 2

Derek Wayne Mason recalls what it was like to hear the cheers of the crowd and hammer down a dunk during his basketball playing days at South Putnam High School. 


He hopes to recapture those memories Sunday, July 2 with the first ever 3v3 basketball tournament at Big Walnut Sports Park, 1300 S. County Road 275 East, Greencastle. The tournament begins at 5 p.m.The entry fee is $60 per team and the winning team will take half of the total proceeds. 


"I wanted to create a recurring event for a couple of reasons. First, to give people of all ages an opportunity to be involved. Second, a cash prize. No other tournament ever does that. Third, a cookout for the family and friends that come to cheer. Fourth, drinks provided through sponsors such as Rock Star Tinting and Mason Jewelers, which are located in Greencastle. And fifth, bragging rights between tournaments and events," Mason told The Putnam County Post. 


Mason said registrations are beginning to pick up and he is looking forward to the event. 


"I am looking forward to seeing old friends and enjoying the sport we did as younger men. If it can be as big as I see it could be, it would be something to remember and a great beginning to something lasting," Mason said. 


He said he envisions 10-12 teams registering and the event is open to anyone regardless of experience level. 


For more information or to register, call Mason at 765-246-2171 or contact him on Facebook at Derek Wayne Mason. 

Lucas Oil Stadium will be multi-purpose venue for NBA All-Star 2024

The NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee announced  that State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 17.

As one of the most anticipated events during NBA All-Star, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night brings together many of the league’s brightest stars to showcase their skills in AT&T Slam Dunk, the Starry 3-Point Contest, and the Kia Skills Challenge. The 73rd NBA All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
10,500 tickets will go on sale to the public for $24, $49, and $79 on July 24. Fans in Indiana will have the first opportunity to buy and should sign up to receive more information about the on-sale process at Additionally, the Host Committee will purchase and distribute 2,400 tickets free of charge to local partners, community groups, and non-profits.
“State Farm All-Star Saturday Night is one of the most exciting and entertaining nights in all of sports, and holding it at Lucas Oil Stadium, one of football’s most iconic venues which was also thoughtfully designed for basketball events, enables us to make it more accessible than ever to our community,” said Rick Fuson CEO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “This focus on community is one of the ways that will make NBA All-Star 2024 in Indianapolis so special and unique, and I am grateful to our friends and partners at the NBA and the Capital Improvement Board for working with us to make this possible.”
The Host Committee also announced that, thanks to the generosity of IndyGo, the Indianapolis Foundation, and donors to the Indy Championship Fund, IndyGo buses will be free for all riders for the duration of NBA All-Star 2024 from Feb. 15-18. Buses will offer extended service, ensuring that riders will have easy transportation home following downtown events. The Pacers Bike Share, operated by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, will also be free during the four days of NBA All-Star 2024.
“Between two top-tier sports venues, four days of free public transit, and one of the most walkable downtowns in America, NBA All-Star has never been more accessible or fan-friendly,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “It’s no surprise. When it comes to hosting large events, Indianapolis does it like nobody else.”
In addition to hosting one of the most beloved annual All-Star events, the use of Lucas Oil Stadium allows organizers to maximize this versatile downtown facility for fan engagement. NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities will take place on the south end of the stadium, with roughly 35,000 seats surrounding the court, while the north end will be used for concerts and performances. More details on those events will be shared at a later date.
“We are thrilled to bring State Farm All-Star Saturday Night to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the event will be enjoyed by more fans than ever before,” said Kelly Flatow, Head of Events, NBA. “We appreciate the incredible collaboration from the NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee and the Capital Improvement Board to bring this to life, further helping us realize our vision in building an inclusive and fan-first NBA All-Star 2024.”
The walkability and connectivity of downtown Indianapolis help make the city ideal for hosting large events of this kind. For decades, city and state leaders have invested in downtown sports amenities that are both world-class and convenient for fans and visitors, and the proximity of Lucas Oil Stadium to Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the Indiana Convention Center, and other key locations will make the NBA All-Star 2024 experience as fan-friendly and community-centric as possible.
"NBA All-Star and All-Star Saturday Night exemplify how our community comes together to celebrate our venerated sport of basketball with exciting and affordable events, and we can't wait to welcome fans to Lucas Oil Stadium for the activities we're hosting, said CIB Executive Director Andy Mallon. “I am grateful to IndyGo and Pacers Bike Share for offering free transportation for those wanting to make the trip from the Fieldhouse to the Stadium, and for those who haven't visited the Stadium in a long time or who are ready to make their first visit, NBA All-Star Saturday Night is the perfect time to check it out."

Putnam County football to be featured in Wabash Valley All-Star Game

The rosters have been set and there will be quite a bit of representation from Putnam County schools in the upcoming Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game.

The game is scheduled for Rose-Hulman's Cook Stadium Saturday, June 24, at 7 p.m. 

The head coaches in the event this year will be recently hired Avon coach Rob Gibson and Linton Stockton's Brian Oliver. 

Gibson graduated from South Putnam High School, where he had a banner career rushing the football before heading to Marian University, where graduated as the second leading rusher in program history. 

He said the game has meant "a lot to me."

"I played in the game in 2012. It's a game that you look forward to playing in for years growing up. I went to watch teams play before I was a senior, and I've gone back to watch teams play since. Being able to coach in the game means just as much. They do such a great job organizing the week and we are lucky to be back at Rose Hulman. They've done a tremendous job with us all week," Gibson told The Putnam County Post. 

In addition to Gibson, recently hired Greencastle coach Dave Stephens will serve as an assistant coach, reuniting with Gibson as the two previously coached together at Owen Valley. 

This marks the second time Stephens has coached in the game. 

"I am very excited. I feel extremely blessed to have been selected the past two years to coach in this wonderful All-Star Game. It is just an opportunity to work with some of the best players from across the Wabash Valley, and it is truly amazing. I love the relationships that are built with teams that you have competed against during the season, but now all come together for a common goal to win the all star game. It is great to be able to coach our seniors again one last go around to end their high school career. I also enjoy getting to coach with some of my coaching peers and learning from them throughout the week long process," Stephens said. 

Players from Greencastle, North Putnam, South Putnam and Cloverdale were also selected to play in the event. 

North Putnam will be represented by Lucas Murphy and Trevor Roseboom on the Gold team. 

The Black team, which will be coached by Gibson, features Greencastle's Chase Carrington and Ryan Beauchamp, as well as South Putnam's Luke Switzer, Ethan Harcourt and Brock Heavin, along with Cloverdale's Lee McGuire and Jesse Miller.

Greencastle basketball to host camp for grades 1-8 next week

The Greencastle Boys Basketball Club is readying for basketball camp next week.

The camp for boys entering grades 1 – 8 will be at McAnaly Center June 26 – 29. Grades 1 – 4 will be from 5 – 6 :15 p.m. Grades 5 – 8 will be 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Walmart sponsors the free camp and each camper will receive a free T-shirt. High school coaches and players will provide instruction.

Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer will provide entertainment with a dunk show at 6:30 p.m. on June 29. Campers and their families can attend.

To register, contact Coach Bryce Rector at 653-9774, extension 3030, or e-mail .






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